A few daya ago, a developer from 4A games wrote a forum post discussing the move of Metro Exodus to the Epic Games Store. The move was announced less than a month before the game was expected to release and brought with it a $10 drop in price. People were not happy about this last-minute switch, going as far as to review bomb Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light on the Steam Store. Now, their troubles have been added to with a 4A Games Developer speaking up about the situation.
A forum post in Russian [Archive] has a statement reportedly from a 4A Games Developer going by the handle "scynet". A Google translation of the statement indicates that the developer understands that the move to the Epic Games Store would cause some consternation among players. He then goes on to say that if PC sales went down as a result, 4A Games would not likely publish future Metro games on the PC.
As a result of this forum post, Deep Silver put out a statement via Twitlonger. Here is the statement in full:
The recent decision to move Metro Exodus from Steam to the Epic Game Store was made by Koch Media / Deep Silver alone.Regardless of how you might feel about Metro Exodus moving to the Epic Games Store, Deep Silver and Koch Media felt the need to clarify a statement from a 4A Games developer that could have been badly misinterpreted by the fans. It's especially important considering that we are less than two weeks away from the game's launch on three platforms. Interestingly, it seems that 4A Games developers weren't told about the decision until it was announced publicly. This may have been a contributing factor to the developer's forum post.
The recent comments made by a member of the 4A Games development team do not reflect Deep Silver’s or 4A Games’ view on the future of the franchise. They do reflect the hurt and disappointment of a passionate individual who has seen what was previously nothing but positive goodwill towards his work turn to controversy due to a business decision he had no control over. We respectfully ask that any and all valid feedback over this decision is directed at Koch Media / Deep Silver, and not the developers at 4A Games.
The future release strategy of the Metro series lies with Koch Media / Deep Silver. Our decision to partner with Epic Games was based on the goal of investing in the future of the series and our development partner at 4A Games. We have every intention of continuing this franchise, and a PC version will always be at the heart of our plans.
Metro Exodus has had a measure of trouble lately and this is a disaster that has hopefully been avoided. If you'd like to get the game for yourself, you can pre-purchase it on the Epic Games Store for PC, the Microsoft Store for Xbox One, and the PlayStation Store for the PlayStation 4.
What do you think of the forum post by a 4A Games Developer regarding Metro Exodus? Do you agree with Deep Silver's statement? Let us know in the comments below!